Read all about it: UBC Library is pleased to announce the acquisition of digital newspaper archives that chronicle life during past centuries in the United Kingdom and the U.S.

The 17th and 18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers digital archive features about 1,270 newspapers and news pamphlets from the United Kingdom. It totals nearly one million pages and includes titles such as the Daily Courant, the London Gazette, the London Chronicle and hundreds more.

The news sources, collected by the Reverend Charles Burney, represent the largest single archive of English news media from the 17th and 18th centuries available from the British Library. The original Burney volumes are now in fragile condition and have been restricted from ordinary reading room use.

Developed in partnership with the British Library and JISC, 19th Century British Library Newspapers offers full runs of national, regional and local 19th-century British newspapers, taken directly from the extensive holdings of the British Library. The collection includes the full text of 71 newspapers, totalling more than three million pages.

Released in two parts, the selection of predominantly liberal, left-of centre or radical publications in part one has been balanced in part two by the inclusion of two London newspapers, The Standard and the Morning Post. For most of the 19th century these represented conservative opinion.

Meanwhile, 19th Century U.S. Newspapers features full-text content and images from numerous newspapers based in urban and rural regions throughout the U.S. The collection encompasses the entire 19th century, with an emphasis on topics such as the American Civil War, African-American culture and history, Western migration, Antebellum-era life and more.

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